Value considerations in the treatment of head and neck cancer: Radiation, chemotherapy, and supportive care Journal Article


Authors: Baxi, S. S.; Sher, D. J.; Pfister, D. G.
Article Title: Value considerations in the treatment of head and neck cancer: Radiation, chemotherapy, and supportive care
Abstract: The management of head and neck cancer has advanced in many areas, including but not limited to diagnostic imaging and response assessment, radiation delivery, surgical approaches, combined-modality therapy, as well as new drug discovery. These advances have become widely used, however, the associated improvements in outcomes of interest compared with other options may at times be modest in magnitude or supported by limited data. In addition, the price tag of these advancements is often high. There is a growing mandate to look at existing data to identify insights into how to improve the value of care and to better understand the comparative effectiveness of one intervention versus another with regard to tumor control, quality of life, and other important outcomes; such insights become particularly important when considerable disparities exist in related costs. We review selected issues in radiotherapy, chemotherapy and supportive care applicable to the management of head and neck cancer and relevant to ascertaining the value of care.
Keywords: intensity modulated radiation therapy; antineoplastic agent; quality of life; antineoplastic combined chemotherapy protocols; pathology; economics; head and neck neoplasms; radiotherapy, intensity-modulated; chemoradiotherapy; proton therapy; procedures; humans; human
Journal Title: American Society of Clinical Oncology Educational Book
Volume: 34
ISSN: 1548-8756
Publisher: American Society of Clinical Oncology  
Date Published: 2014-01-01
Start Page: e296
End Page: e303
Language: English
DOI: 10.14694/EdBook_AM.2014.34.e296
PUBMED: 24857116
PROVIDER: scopus
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Notes: Review -- Export Date: 25 January 2017 -- Source: Scopus
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